Home Garden Jobs for Autumn
HIGH RISK FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR AUTUMN
Apples, pears, quinces, pomegranates, feijoa
Orange, mandarins and grapefruit
Autumn is no time to relax your QFF control strategies.
One or two fruit left after picking may produce more QFF than the entire crop if not protected.
Key tasks for your garden in autumn:
Continue to monitor and check traps weekly;
Continue bait sprays to keep fly numbers down;
Check insect netting and sleeves are firmly attached and mend any holes or tears;
At the end of the season make sure all fruit and vegetables are picked and used, or disposed of;
Dispose of unwanted fruit – but not directly in the garbage, compost or worm farm. Seal it in a plastic bag and leave in the sun for seven days, microwave it or freeze it for two days then dispose of it;
Reassess if you want to keep your fruit trees and remove unwanted trees;
Prune trees down to a manageable size so you can use all the fruit they produce
More information on managing your garden to stop fruit fly is available from Agriculture Victoria.
or NSW DPI.
Cooler months of Autumn is a good time to control hungry Qfly using traps and baits